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Reaction: CQC warns that the future of care is precarious in its annual review

Nuffield Trust Director of Research Professor John Appleby “The report shows that although most NHS patients still receive good and safe care, the sys...

Are you ready to assess a patient’s eligibility for free treatment of non-urgent care?

I have just come back from a holiday to the United States. As most foreign travellers do, I was tooled up to the teeth with health insurance in case disast...

Reaction to report highlighting massive reduction in the number of NHS hospital beds

RCP President, Jane Dacre "These stark figures from the King’s Fund do not come as a surprise to those working in medicine. Every day the chronic shor...

Clinical negligence: “We cannot go on like this with the NHS spending more and more on litigation”

Reaction to the NAO report that criticises Government efforts to tackle the spiraling clinical negligence bill the NHS faces: Niall Dickson, chief execu...

Reaction: Department of Health commit to increasing medical school numbers

BMA medical students committee co-chair Harrison Carter “It’s reassuring that the government is committed to increasing access to medical school for...

We’ve seen mob ignorance at its worst in the sad and sorry saga of Charlie Gard

As the sad and sorry saga of little Charlie Gard limps to its inevitable conclusion it is time to reflect on some of the issues it has raised. I persona...

“Patients deserve to know how and under what circumstances their personal data may be used”

The Government has published its response to the public consultation into the National Data Guardian for Health and Care's and Care Quality Commission's da...

Why does the life of the born have so much more value than that of the unborn?

I must admit to being totally baffled by contemporary society. The story of poor little Charlie Gard is front page news throughout much of the world. Ov...

Decline in clinical academics will compromise NHS’ ability to improve quality

The Medical Schools Council report is worrying and bears out the feedback from our trainee members. They tell us that there is a shortage of Clinical Se...

Government must listen to doctors and take action over NHS rota gaps

For years, the BMA has argued that rota gaps are a serious threat to patient safety, to the education and training junior doctors receive and to the morale...

Don’t ignore the risk of PTSD for clinicians involved in tragic events

It has truly been a horrific year so far with the Manchester bomb, the London terrorist attacks, and culminating in the dreadful Grenfell Tower fire. In...